Division 2 boys hockey in Massachusetts sometimes has been one of the crucial large-open fields, and most troublesome to foretell. There have been thirteen totally different groups to skate away with state championships up to now 14 seasons.
Will there be a new face to hitch the club, as Plymouth South did final season? Or does one of the previous champions discover their method back to Garden glory? With no true front-runner and unimaginable parity throughout the division, it’s anyone’s guess what may happen over the subsequent few months.
Canton has been within the mix on an annual foundation ever since profitable its solely state title in 2010. The Bulldogs return a robust ahead group led by captains John Hagan and Ryan Nolte, and coach Brian Shuman is trying to senior Mike Staffiere to step in immediately as a first-time starter in internet.
“We’ve a number of expertise returning up entrance on the forward position, but that’s true for a lot of groups in our league and in our division,” Shuman stated.
As all the time, the Bulldogs should survive the robust Hockomock League, where Oliver Ames, North Attleboro and Taunton stay robust event contenders.
In the Tri-Valley League, Medfield has thirteen new gamers this season, while Westwood (Matt Sebet) and Medway (Derek Harrington) flip to former assistants to take the reins as new head coaches. The TVL also splits into two divisions, and anticipate Norwood to make some noise in its second season since shifting from the Bay State.
Plymouth South faces an uphill challenge to repeat after graduating eleven players, together with its prime six scorers and 4 defensemen. However Panthers coach Mike McCosh gained’t call it a rebuild despite having a younger squad led by seniors Shawn Peckham and Josh Gesmundo.
“We know groups will probably be gunning for us,” McCosh stated.
Among them will probably be Patriot League rivals Quincy, led by robust defenseman Griffin Lynch, in addition to Plymouth North, Whitman-Hanson and Scituate (with new coach Brian Hurcombe).
Southeastern was the highest seed in Div. 2 South final yr and hopes to be again once more led by dynamic blueliner P.J. Page. Much of the South Coast Conference is in Div. 2 once more, and Wareham/Carver has been getting preseason buzz with scorer Quirino doCanto. Bishop Feehan hopes to return to the event from the Japanese Athletic, and Sandwich is poised for a bounce again yr out of the Atlantic Coast along with Nauset.
In the North, determine the Middlesex League to be a serious player once again. Stoneham gained the sectional title a yr in the past and, while the Spartans suffered some losses, forward Nick Feliciano returns. Wilmington, the one repeat state champ within the last 14 years (2012-13), has to switch 12 from final yr’s semifinal run. Wakefield could possibly be intriguing with former Austin Prep and BU star Jason Lawrence behind the bench.
Lincoln-Sudbury has its third totally different coach in three years with Matt Carlin now in command. However the Warriors lead a deep forged of potential contenders from the Twin County/Merrimack Valley together with Boston Latin, Methuen, North Andover and Tewksbury.
Winthrop has the horses for a deep run out of the Northeastern Convention, with goalie Ryan Skoczylas among four returning league all-stars. However the NEC shall be a battle each night time with Danvers, Beverly, Marblehead and Saugus all potential contenders. Gloucester will look to repeat as champ in the NEC South.
Likewise, there ought to be a decent race in the Cape Ann League with Triton, Masconomet, Lynnfield, North Reading and Pentucket all trying to get again to the postseason.
Lowell Catholic, the 2017 state champ, ought to be the favorite in the Catholic Central Small as All-Scholastic Connor Doherty and Alex Graves return for brand spanking new coach Aaron Crear. Many coaches consider Essex Tech, in its third varsity season, is ready for a breakthrough within the Commonwealth.